CNN coverage of the L.A. riots as it happened on April 29th 1992. The riots started after a trial jury acquitted four officers of the Los Angeles Police Department of the use of excessive force. The mostly white officers were videotaped beating Rodney King following a high-speed police pursuit of King. Thousands of people throughout the metropolitan area in Los Angeles rioted over six days following the announcement of the verdict. Widespread looting, assault, arson, and killings occurred during the riots, and estimates of property damage was over $1 billion. The rioting ended after members of the California Army National Guard, the 7th Infantry Division, and the 1st Marine Division were called in to stop the rioting when the local police could not handle the situation. In total, 53 people were killed during the riots and over 2,000 people were injured